It’s difficult to get a sense for where your players are during practice, padded or not. But after just five training camp practices, the coaches made a decision to move Chris Williams to right tackle and give J’Marcus Webb the majority of first-team reps at left tackle.
After just one preseason game, however, the competition on the left side is back on.
Webb allowed a sack, drew a false start and allowed multiple QB pressures vs. the Broncos last Thursday night. Mike Tice rewarded him by making him the only starter to play well into the fourth quarter.
That film session must have been fun.
Make no mistake, Tice had no grand notions that Webb had turned a corner this offseason, or that he would be vastly improved. But an offensive line needs time to work as a unit, because cohesion is a big key to success.
Webb, while not exactly stunning, had outperformed Williams in practice, and Tice had said he wanted to make a decision as quickly as possible.
On Saturday, the Bears’ first practice since the Thursday night game, Chris Williams resumed sharing reps at first-team LT alongside Webb. Webb wasn’t exactly surprised.
"Not [surprised] at all," Webb said after practice. "It's definitely something coach felt they needed to do. Whatever the Bears organization needs me to do, I am going to do and do it with a smile on my face."
I’d rather see the smiled wiped off his face after a performance like that.
The Bears’ starting center Roberto Garza gave perhaps the most honest assessment of the offensive line as a whole after film review. “Unfortunately, you think you cleaned [the mistakes] up,” Garza said. “You think you were past that, but obviously we’re not.”
The Bears play the Redskins at Soldier Field this Saturday. If they really want to get a sense for who their left tackle should be moving forward, we’ll see Chris Williams with the first-team offense.